We did not want to have the bikes lying on the roof of the boat, not only does it look messy it’s not good for either the boat or the bikes. Also there is every chance that a careless rope can haul them off into the canal. And as avid cyclists we needed somewhere to keep the bikes. After spending some considerable amount of time thinking about how to mount the bikes and having seen a couple of narrow boats with stern mounted racks we opted for a similar arrangement. Like buses (and thats another story) we never saw any more boats with stern mounted bikes so were left to our own devices and imaginations. We opted for the tow bar mounted rack, this would give us the flexibilty of mounting style either roll on wheel support or cross bar suspended. The carrier would also be removable when the situation dictated for example when going into the shorter locks of Yorkshire, or when there are a lot of locks close together and are very busy we could put the bikes inside.
Ok we might get a few comments from some of the PC boating fraternity but it is something that we can live with if we get to use the bikes. We also wanted somewhere to take a rotary washing line pole, now no laughing but our final solution is:-
It still requires painting to match the boat red and we will be doing this when we repaint the stern deck in a week or so. We certainly hope that it works, the biggest concern we have is how it works in locks, caution is advisable and I will let you knpw how it goes.
Well we have finally got the bike rack and bikes fitted.